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KCSMMHZ
Oct 19, 2011 2:30pm PDT
ahead of the vote. >> we must make it clear to the citizens who elected us that it is necessary to pass through this difficult phase. this is the only way to avoid an even worse fate. >> greeks what none of it. they are facing job losses for 30,000 public sector workers as well as new taxes. that is why they send a message the only way they can. the package of cuts are a precondition for greece getting their hands on the last amount of bail of funds they need. >> major unions promise even bigger protests for tomorrow. for more, we spoke to our correspondent in athens and asked what we can expect. >> well, there is a call by the communist union to actually surround parliament in order to keep mp's from being able to make their way there and cast a vote on a very controversial new round of austerity that the government is desperate to vote through parliament tomorrow. the unions have vowed that they will try to circle parliament to prevent the mps from voting this. rallies are expected at the capital throughout the capital. there is anger on the streets of athens. >> is there a fear that
KCSMMHZ
Oct 29, 2011 2:00pm PDT
of the supervisors are willing to speak with us. >> so, we do not get an interview? >> it is a conspiracy of silence. the textile industry in cambodia will a great deal of power. [applause] >> come down in singapore. the latest h&m store has opened, and even the staff seems overjoyed. the h&m manager for asia has brought gifts along -- a voucher for the first five customers worth 200 u.s. dollars, over three times the amount of a salary for a textile worker in cambodia. we soon find a clothing. even though h&m says it follows a code of conduct for labor conditions. >> we have been looking into why this is happening. this is a moment we are investigating. >> so, the investigation is going on right now? >> the investigation is going on right now. yes. >> as the better factories program is also financed by major companies, it is no surprise to take a hands-off approach. >> it is about the working conditions. at the end of the day, it is the responsibility of the factory to look into the working conditions and to comply with a loss. >> 350,000 people work for the textile industry i
KCSMMHZ
Oct 15, 2011 5:00am PDT
certainly used to pressure. once they hit their mid-20's, they soon give up, leaving this matter. no wonder dating agencies are mushrooming all across the country. >> they would like to find a bride for the sun. they would like her to be pretty and intelligent, but not necessarily over educated. an online dating agency organized this public marriage market. they are increasingly common in china and so are parents that want to marry off their children. that has always been a part of chinese tradition. these days, they go about it differently. >> my son has always been very busy with this career. he has not had time for love and romance. we are very worried about it. because he is almost 30 and is still isn't married. >> there are far more men than women in china. population experts warn that by the year 2020, china will be home to 24 million single men who will have no hope of ever finding a wife. these chinese bachelors are known as the bare branches. this 29-year-old does not want to join their ranks, but he complains that women today have elevated expectations. >> all the women
KCSMMHZ
Oct 1, 2011 4:30am PDT
security in belarus. here in lithuania i am suddenly free. that is great, but hard to get used to. >> the tele lechler as for russia and in the netherlands and is now found refuge in lithuania -- dinatale of left for russia -- italia. she wrote about alexander lukashenko and his abuse of power. >> the kgb confiscated 20 computers and put huge pressure of my colleagues. i lost two teams because people were afraid to come to work. the scattered when the police beat me up. >> hear the kgb museum in vilnius, she recalls the events of december 19, 2010 in the belarusian capital of minsk where her involvement in protest against election fraud are her of being and imprisonment. >> i cannot take it. they took me to a place just like this. the cell was similar. the beds, too. but there were so many of us that had to lie on the floor. it was awful. there are still innocent in people in jail there in minsk. one was given five years. >> minsk, where the dictator alexander lukashenko still ruled with an iron fist. natalia cher herself with irina chalip. her release is tainted with sadness. >> there wa
KCSMMHZ
Oct 1, 2011 5:00am PDT
to europe. the company wants to show us how conscientiously it operates. the transport is adopt-a free and the landscape is a cultivated. that is how a company advertises what it does not want on favorable headlines to serving its customers including those in germany. >> energy concerns are among our customers. >> 10 trains with more than 100 cars each head for the port on the atlantic coast every day. the coal business is booming. we are shunning model settlement. the company tells us that people displaced by the mines are moved into houses like these. these days, the town presents itself as a socially conscious enterprise that has learned from its mistakes. it says there are no more violent evictions like those 10 years ago. >> we are resettling communities again. we have learned from what happened back then. that will never happen again during a resettlement. >> on the very day we filmed a model village, the police are erecting everyone from albania. we are prevented from filming inside the village but using a hidden camera, we document what is left of -- left of the people's p
KCSMMHZ
Oct 8, 2011 5:00am PDT
communists, but the new kings have taken over here. our guide gives us a tour. the golden crown, he says, is the newmark of the king. at the entrance hall is of gods made of marble. they are supposed to bring good luck. the foreign investors had a 99- year lease on the land. they want to transform it into a gambling center. the government gets a share of the profits, but that is as far as the involvement goes. this is the man who ultimately has the say in this special economic zone. he is the head of the chinese investment group and is on close personal terms with the laotian president and prime minister. they are frequent visitors here, he tells us. they have big plans for the city, an airport, of course, and more hotels, plus, retirement homes for elderly gamblers. >> blouse is pork. they need our investment and our help. -- laos is poor. they need our best and and our help. i may be chinese, but i am making an investment to help these people. >> the main target group is china posing you will reach. the border to china is not for -- and nenewly rich. the border to china is not far away. ca
KCSMMHZ
Oct 13, 2011 5:30pm PDT
up will be the first customers in asia to use apple's newest product. today's the day for apple fans around the world. the company's latest product hit stores. it is called the iphone 4s. some call it the 4 steve in honor of the late steve jobs, apple co-founder. the new smart phone has a double camera and double the processing speed. more than a million worldwide preordered it. the device is being released in seven countries, including japan. japanese customers are the first in asia to start using the iphone 4s. our reporter joins us live from tokyo. how is the turnout where you are? it looks pretty exciting over there. >> it is very exciting over here, katherine. the store just opened now. check out this long line curving across the building. as you can see in front of the store, bouquets of flowers have been left in honor of steve jobs. our crews arrived at 6:00 this morning. already at that time, we counted 360 anxious people to get their hands on the iphone 4s. let's talk to people in line about what they are so excited about. >> this gentleman says he is really excited abo
KCSMMHZ
Oct 5, 2011 5:30pm PDT
>>> glad to have you with us on this edition of "newsline." it's thursday october 6th, 8:00 a.m. in tokyo. i'm catherine kobayashi. >>> one of the most powerful politicians in japan is going on trial in just two hours. ichiro ozawa is the former leader of this country's main governing democratic party. he's facing criminal charges in connection with a political funding scandal. our reporter mitsuko nishikawa joins us live with details. mitsuko. >> reporter: hi, catherine. i'm in a park that's right next to the tokyo district court. many people are waiting, hoping to win seats for the public gallery. in yet another sign ichiro ozawa's case is attracting a lot of attention, it's extremely rare for a powerful politician in japan to be facing criminal charges in court. security is being increased in and around the building. ozawa is accused of falsifying financial reports. the charges are in connection with a $5.2 million purchase his political organization made. three of his former secretaries including house of representatives member tomohiro ishikawa were also caught up in the scanda
KCSMMHZ
Oct 26, 2011 2:30pm PDT
>> hello and welcome to "the journal." >> thanks for joining us. >> coming up, all eyes are on brussels as leaders meet to hammer out a deal they hope will result the iraq crisis once and for all. there is a lot at stake for everyone. it could be a very long night. captioned by the national captioning institute --www.ncicap.org-- >> a make or break summit in brussels to deal with europe's debt crisis is already making headway. to avoid a meltdown in the banking sector, leaders have agreed european banks must increase reserves to withstand potential losses. officials also say leaders intend to increase the amount of money in the bailout fund. the leaders are eager to show that are committed to finding a lasting solution to europe's debt problem. >> the meeting of all 27 members produced results as far as how much capital banks should hold with risky investments. >> banks will be required to have 9% core capital. this will have to happen by june next year. >> few observers expected such rapid results. heads of state and government appeared happy with the outcome, but the british
KCSMMHZ
Oct 20, 2011 5:30pm PDT
of tripoli in august. while hiding in sirt, he used satellite tv calling on supporters to fight until the bitter end. crowds of libyans had songs of jup ladies and gentlemen. his demise is likely to put an end to eight months of civil war. ntc chairman is expected to hold a news conference saturday and declare all of libya liberated. however, many challenges remain before a democratic nation can be established. disagreements within the ntc are delaying the launch of an interim government. world leaders responded to the news of gadhafi's death. >> this marks the end of a long and painful chapter for the people of libya who now have the opportunity to determine their own destiny in a new and democratic libya. >> people in libya today have an even greater chance after this news of building themselves a strong and democratic future. >> france was also one of the leading countries in the military intervention in libya. president sarkozy called his demise a milestone in the nation's battle to free itself from more than four decades of dictatorship. >>> u.n. secretary general says the
KCSMMHZ
Oct 4, 2011 4:30pm PDT
>> welcome to "the journal." >> thank you for joining us. >> the headlines this hour, a truck bomb killed scores of people in the somali capital. the nobel prize in physics for their research on the expanding cosmos. >> france and belgium will step in to save the bank after shares suffered a dramatic plunge. >> the somali islamist group has claimed responsibility for a deadly truck bomb attack. several people were killed and dozens wounded when suicide bomber drove a truck into the gate of the government compounds. many of the victims were students. it comes after the government announced it would drive the militants out of the capital. the bomb ripped through part of the education ministry and the surrounding shops. anyone close to the explosion did not stand a chance of survival. most victims were civilians. many students came to apply for scholarships. >> so many people have died and many more were injured. my thoughts go to the students that came to pick up their results. >> the militant group claimed responsibility. the first major attack since the rebels withdrew from the cap
KCSMMHZ
Oct 28, 2011 5:30pm PDT
standards. >> translator: they submitted the results of the stress test but won't give us any information to help us decide whether or not we can restart the reactor. >> residents have to prove before any reactor can be turned back on. >> one of the crippled reactors at the fukushima daiichi plant was fitted with a cover to lower radioactive emissions. the plant's operator, tepco, had been building the casing for the number one reactor since june. the cover is 54 meters high, 47 meters wide, and 42 meters deep. it has a vent ladies and gentlemen system and filters out radioactive substances. tepco says during tests the system removed more than 90% of radioactive cesium. they are considering installing covers for number three and four reactors were debris removal is completed after summer next year. >>> nato will end its military operation in libya on october 31. nato ambassadors made the decision on friday. nato began its mission in libya in march to protect libyans from forces loyal to moammar gadhafi. it made a preliminary decision to end the mission last week after the nati
KCSMMHZ
Oct 18, 2011 5:30pm PDT
of professionals used power washers to clean rooftops and rain gutters. they also removed trees and topsoil from gardens. >> translator: i am hoping the radiation level will go down, but i think they should have started decontamination work earlier. >> fukushima city's ultimate goal is to decontaminate 110,000 residences, public facilities, and roads near schools in the next two years. authorities plan to ask residents and volunteers to help clean up areas where radiation levels are not too high. >> translator: things have finally started, but there are so many hurdles ahead. i think it will be a long battle. >> some of those hurdles include securing the necessary man power and finding space to store radioactive waste. >>> vietnam had a tsunami drill tuesday on the coastline facing the south china sea. it is a sign of how this year's disaster in japan has made ocean facing communities everywhere more alert. dao van hung has more. >> reporter: we never experienced a tsunami before, but what happened in japan was the worst tsunami evacuation drill. more than 5,000 people took part in
KCSMMHZ
Oct 30, 2011 5:30pm PDT
>>> glad to have you with us on this edition of "newsline." it is 8:00 a.m. in tokyo. i'm catherine kobayashi. the yen hit a new high against the dollar in sydney. it followed the previous high marked on friday in new york. now on sydney's foreign exchange market, the dollar briefly changed hands at 75.32 yen after trading for the yen accelerated. it is now trading at 75.74-75. >>> the european union asked a group of 20 developed and emerging economies to unite to contain the euro zone debt crisis. eu president and the european commission president sent letters to leaders of the g-20 countries. the letters say the eu will progressively implement measures to increase the capacity of the european financial stability facility, the bailout fund, to 1 trillion euro to assist financially troubled members. the measures were agreed upon at the eu summit last week. letters mention the stepping up of the functions of the international monetary fund and also referred to the introduction of a financial transaction tax to strengthen monitoring of speculative financial trading. an nhk corresponde
KCSMMHZ
Oct 10, 2011 9:30am PDT
taken, he used to come around to see my father, and he would bring my father tobacco for his pipe. >> but on march 20th, 1989, superintendent harry green was ambushed. he was with superintendent bob buchanan after meeting police colleagues from the republic of ireland. at the cross border security talks, they discussed ways to stem about a smuggling ring controlled by the ira. when they beat stamp -- stamp out a smuggling ring controlled by the ira. when they returned, the killers were waiting. questions remain over how the terrorists knew when and where the two men would be crossing the border. he is convinced he knows the answer. he is the founder and head of the group family's acting for innocent relatives. his own father was killed by the ira. now he helps the family members of other victims. >> we know for a fact that a senior member of the ira was contacted by an officer and told they were ready to leave the station. it had to be in operation. there had to be collusion. >> he has talked to many witnesses. his campaign resulted in the formation of a special tribunal in dublin
KCSMMHZ
Oct 5, 2011 6:00am PDT
to help municipalities where nuclear power plants are to be built. the money can be used to build roads, social welfare and sports facilities. a board of audits survey shows about $1.6 billion are being held in reserve for 14 planned reactors across japan as of the end of march. construction has begun at only 3 of the 14 reactors. plans for the other 11 have been scrapped or delayed because of opposition from locals. the board of audit has found money in reserve for these 11 reactors totals about $864 million. the industry ministry says it will determine how to deal with the unused reserve funds after studying the results of an ongoing review of japan's basic energy policies. >>> greece is facing social strife on top of a debt crisis. greek servants and other workers have gone on strike against the government, in its latest austerity measures. air traffic controllers went on strike grounding all flights. school teachers and others join them. partially suspending public services. many protesters holding banners marched in athens and filled central parts of the capital. >> translato
KCSMMHZ
Oct 25, 2011 2:30pm PDT
we talk about the financial markets, they do not use small caliber munitions. the financial markets use the big guns. >> for the deputies here in strasbourg, it is time for europe to start shooting back. >> on the eve of the summit, the italian prime minister could be close to agreement with his coalition partners, the northern league, over reforms that could cut government spending. berlusconi has put forward a package of proposals. his party says some progress has been made. there is still no agreement on the plan to raise the retirement age to 67. that is opposed by the northern league, berlusconi, if coalition partners in government. there is a lot of talk, but no action. another has been a bump in the road when it comes to the eu summit. >> a flurry of activity, but will they disappoint the world again? expectations were high heading up to the summit wednesday, but eurozone governments are warning it could take weeks to finalize a plan to solve the debt crisis. leaders will gather in brussels as planned, but a meeting of finance ministers that was expected to lay the groundwork
KCSMMHZ
Sep 30, 2011 5:30pm PDT
praying to it. >> she was putting her hands together? >> i thought the ufo might take us. it was there for so long and seemed like it was eyeing us. >> the incident gave us something to talk about for days. we had fun. >> well, you're all so easy going. >> well, nothing happens around here. >> it was stimulating, really. >> it was exciting. >> seino immediately jots down his thoughts about whatever draws his curiosity. >> it doesn't matter if the information adds up to a story or not. i just write down everything that interests me. and the word stimulating was impressive. it will be a key word. >> he starts drawing comics right after coming home. he uses the notes to build a story that recounts his experience. to make the story more convincing, he combines photos with his drawings. >> people won't believe the stories if i use only drawings. a single photo will make the story credible. photos are an important element. >> it's like this. the doll is said to move every night. but the drawing isn't that scary but the photo, oh, it looks like something from a nightmare. >> this man loves to
KCSMMHZ
Oct 26, 2011 5:30pm PDT
of the tokyo stock exchange. ramin, what can you tell us? >> reporter: very good morning to you, ai. as you said, there are concrete measures about greek debt exposure to major banks still ongoing. but as you mentioned, there are some agreements as to the recapitalization for banks. but let's have a look at the currency markets now. just under an hour ahead of when the nikkei and the topix are due to kick off. we can see some levels here. 76.18-23 for the dollar-yen. 105.66-72 for the euro-yen. euro-yen relatively pretty much where it was this time yesterday. but the dollar-yen is quite sensitive and still trading at historically high levels. and in fact, hit 75.71 during london trading hours. and investors here in japan today are going to be keenly focused on whether japanese authorities do step in to the markets. now, let's have a look also at stock markets and the dow jones industrial average, which did end higher, largely on the back of the positive sentiment from an agreement to recapitalize european banks. you can see there 11,869, up 162 points. also, the australian stock mar
KCSMMHZ
Oct 7, 2011 5:30pm PDT
income of the north. south korea will use cost estimates when it considers how it would get the money to pay for union i have indication. the president already suggested a new tax. >>> time to check on some of the stories we gathered from broadcasters around asia. we begin with this item from china. heavy rainfall caused by trorms inundated low lying areas wednesday, disrupting traffic and prompting evacuations. rainfall in the provincial capital reached 333 millimeters in just 24 hours. over 24,000 residents were evacuated to temporary shelters, and provided with blankets and other basic goods. the local weather department forecasts more rain in the next two days. >>> they think the hindu god is in the biggest festival in bangladesh. the five day event represents the victory of good over evil. they sing hymns and praise god. last day of the event. thousands joined a procession through the capital. it ended with imergs of them into rivers, ponds and other bodies of water. >>> cambodian government urged phones to be moved underground. the change designed to improve quality of ser
KCSMMHZ
Oct 6, 2011 5:30pm PDT
prevent terrorists from using afghanistan as a base for attacks. >> translator: the number of afghanistan troops and police are sufficient. but their skills are not. the taliban. the political situation could [ unstable. if afghanistan becomes a safe haven for terrorist organizations, they might plot and carry out attacks overseas. we must take all measures necessary to stop terrorism. >> meanwhile, afghan officials say they uncovered a plot to assassinate president karzai. a further sign of deteriorating security in the country, and threatens to cast aw over the president's efforts to seek peace talks with the taliban. >> reporter: a spokesperson for national director of security says six people are arrested with alleged plot to assassinate president karzai. a guard and professor and several skuds from kabul university. they reportedly planned to kill the president while he was traveling in the provinces. >> reporter: unfortunately they infiltrated the presidential security system and got one of the body guards. luckily we averted the plot. >> reporter: they suspect the guard was persuad
KCSMMHZ
Oct 24, 2011 2:30pm PDT
following developments. earlier, she gave us this update on rescue efforts. >> that are continuing for the second night. even though not many people are being found alive, if you did come out today. we know from previous earthquakes that people can be found alive for up to five days after the earthquake strikes. they are going full steam ahead. the government has told us there is not a building in those cities that has collapsed where there is not a search and rescue team working on it. at the same time, a huge effort has begun to shelter the survivors. there are tens of thousands of homeless for the moment, with buildings if they are still standing shaky or too dangerous to enter. there are 30,000 huge tents already set up for up to 20 people each. they can be heeded. a lot is being done. it is working well, the rescue effort. authorities are asking how to get people to the winter, because temperatures are dipping below zero in the nights ahead. they are now around freezing. they will go below freezing. snow is forecast to come on wednesday. how to get these people through the long, h
KCSMMHZ
Oct 4, 2011 6:00am PDT
sending information on the protests, using online social networking sites. >> we can have 6,000 people around the world watch us. my personal goal is to make this place a better place. >>> the u.s. senate is talking tough on currency valuation. it's going to begin debating a bill to impose sanctions on countries that undervalue their currencies to boost exports. the move is seen as an apparent bid to step up pressure on china. the senate plans to ask the white house to identify nations that engage in currency manipulation. if such countries fail to rectify their policies, the legislation would allow washington to apply tariffs and other economic sanctions. senators are expected to vote on the bill later this week. but observers say the bill is not likely to pass. the republicans, who hold a majority in the lower house, have already expressed opposition. the white house is also taking a cautious stance as china is a major importer of u.s. goods. amid calls for a stronger yuan, tensions between the two trade giants are expected to rise. >>> china's commerce ministry has criticized
KCSMMHZ
Oct 28, 2011 2:30pm PDT
>> hello and welcome to "the journal." >> thank you for joining us. >> more floodwaters threatened to swamp bangkok. five days after the devastating earthquake in turkey, a young boy is rescued alive from the rubble. there are clashes in tunisia after an islamist party wins the first democratic election there. we began in thailand where the country's worst floods in half a century are threatening to submerge a large part of the capital, bangkok. the city is already at a record high and it could burst its banks. a huge mass of water approaching bangkok from the central plains. several parts of central bangkok are already inundated. >> there is water as far as the eye can see. it is easier to get around by boat to them on foot or in a car. tens of thousands have already left the city, others are trying. >> i did not expect the flooding to be this bad. i am prepared for it but they have asked us to leave. >> the premise to says that so much water is bearing down that there is little that the government can do. >> the crisis we are experiencing is unprecedented in history. i would like
KCSMMHZ
Oct 17, 2011 2:30pm PDT
will take us into next year. >> the government does not revealing any details, but the finance minister has suggested banks to take a haircut on the debt that greece goes to them. -- owes to them. >> we need a permanent solution for greece, or one that we could say it would work over a longer period. grace cannot survive -- greece cannot survive it without having some of its debt forgiven. >> there are calls for banks to boost their capitalization levels. nothing is decided yet, but it is looking possible that decrease may be left off the hook. -- greece may be blocked off the hook. >> this could be the motto for this trading monday, too happy, too soon. stocks opened trading i sit on the upside after the finance ministers made statements which fueled hopes that a current solution can be found for the financial markets. and also for the banking sector. but then, during the trading day, concerns resurfaced again, concerns about how much of a burden to private creditors for countries like greece are still facing. concerns about what new rules for the market politicians will still
KCSMMHZ
Oct 11, 2011 5:30pm PDT
17 countries that use the euro. they're the only member that voted it down. it's the 17th and last country to vote on boosting the size and powers of the european financial stability facility. >> translator: we are now facing our biggest crisis since world war ii. >> slovakia has a population of about 5.4 million. it's one of the smallest economies in the european union, but the country is now drawing worldwide attention. >> translator: political parties opposed to the plan should understand approving it not only for slovakia but for europe. >> translator: the main issue is whether to change the lending capacity. the other 16 euro zone members have already approved the rescue measure. slovakia adopted the euro currency in 2009. before this the country achieved economic growth of more than 10% in 2007 thanks to its automobile and electric appliance industries, but it slowed with the debt problem triggered by the greek fiscal crisis. they're asked to guarantee an additional 7.7 billion euros. this is almost 60% of its state budget. anger is mounting about slovaks about supporting gre
KCSMMHZ
Oct 21, 2011 6:00am PDT
city of ishinomaki, used to grow rice as part of a training program for local junior high school students. hendhe students visited about 200 temporary houses on friday and delivered nearly two tons of rice. >> translator: i didn't think we could have it this year. the local people look so happy when they received the rice. >> translator: i think we will be able to harvest even more riceext year, so i'd like to donate it to the community again. >> before we carry on with more news, some children in central japan arenjoying one autumn's iconic foods upe. some 50 children north of tokyo got their hands dirty digging for sweet potatoes during th kindergarten fie tp. >> more man just sweet potatoes, the children have gathered sweet memories. >>> u.s. secretary of state, hillary clinton, is winding up a two-day visit to pakistan. her goal was to personally deliver a message that pakistan needs to eeradicate locally-bad litant blamed for attacks in afghanistan. clinton spoke with reporters following talks with pakisni prime minister on friday. she said the u.s. is planning to step up mi
KCSMMHZ
Oct 4, 2011 5:30pm PDT
. >>translator: there used to be a two story house on this foundation. the tsunami took the house, turned it 90 degrees and left it here. let's go see a cliff-like mountain. >> she then takes the children to a mountain behind her house, running for her life, she climbs the mountain as the tsunami came across behind her. >> could i climb it now? no way. but at that time i was desperate. when i got to the top, i was able to see many things. i saw bodies and debris here and there. >> the children see a ship that was carried away. the children grew quiet. as they end the trip, the children reach this designated evacuation site. on the day of the disaster, 300 people were here in the gym. the tsunami engulfed the gymnasium. i heard it made whirlpools. children and teachers drowned. thank you for visiting disaster hit places and sharing painful feelings. >> she used the disaster to help survivors. >> i want to become a nurse who can put smiles on faces of people who are suffering. >> they began experiencing the experience of survivors as their own. someday, the children may lead others in consolat
KCSMMHZ
Oct 23, 2011 5:30pm PDT
>>> glad to have you with us on this edition of "newsline." it is monday, october 24th. 8:00 a.m. in tokyo. i'm catherine kobayashi. >>> a powerful 7.2 magnitude earthquake hit eastern turkey on sunday, collapsing dozens of buildings. the country's government says at least 130 people have been killed. the u.s. geological survey says the quake had a depth of 20 kilometers, and the epicenter was close to the iranian border. video footage from the city of van near the epicenter shows rescue workers searching the rubble near the collapsed multi-story building. the video also shows people fleeing from buildings. the mayor of van told the local media the quake had destroyed buildings in the city center and had caused damage to the local airport. all flights from the airport have been canceled. at least 45 people have been killed in the northern town, the worst hit area. >>> libya's new leaders have declared the liberation of the country from 42 years of dictatorship under former leader moammar al gadhafi. the chairman of the national transitional council, mustafa abdel jalil, spoke to
KCSMMHZ
Oct 20, 2011 6:00am PDT
what's life like now? nhk world's kojima shows us. >> reporter: students are back at this elementary school, one of five schools that have reopened in minamisoma. the school authorities removed topsoil from the playground and cleaned buildings before classes resumed. radiation levels are now below the government safety li but still, people are being cautious. this is the elementary school's playground. it's break time and it's a sunny day, but everyone is inside. that's because school has suspended outdoor activities to limit children's exposure to radiation. the school's surroundings and private houses in the city haven't been decontaminated. many families are reluctant to go home. because they don't want to be exposed to radiation. that's why only 180 children returned to this elementary school. that's a third of what the population was before the march 11th disaster. >> translator: i think it's wrong to bring children back to their school. i don't think it's safe. the levels of radiation are not low. >> translator: the radiation hasn't come down at all. that's why my grandchildren
KCSMMHZ
Oct 17, 2011 5:30pm PDT
operator of the damaged fukushima daiichi nuclear plant says the water injection system using external pipes is most likely to cause problems in the future. the system was built as an emergency response to the crisis after the march 11th disaster. tokyo electric power company calculated the risks that could stop the supply of cooling water and cause more damage to the reactors cores. tepco analyzed seven scenarios in which a cold shutdown is undermined due to the water supply halts for more than 18 hours. a cold shutdown means the reactor temperature is below 100 degrees celsius and stable. the scenarios include damage to the water injection system and external power outages. tepco found that the highest risk involves the water injection system being swept away by a massive tsunami and stopping the water supply to the reactors. the second most dangerous scenario is where the system is destroyed and it fails to resume. the company found that the outside pumps and pipes are ten times more likely to sustain damage than conventional ones inside the building. step owe plans to rein
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Oct 6, 2011 6:00am PDT
light tur goes for 2011 is awarded to swedish poet, tomas trans. through his images, he gives us fresh access do reality. >>> the swedish academy in stockholm announced the winner on thursday. he was born in stockholm in 1931. he made his literary debut in 1954 with a collection entitled "17 poems." considered one of the leading poets of his generation. the academy says his poems are characterized by economy, concreteness and sharp metaphors, his works have been translated into more than 60 languages, some of which he translated himself. 103 nobel prizes in literature have been awarded since 1901. the seventh native swede to do so will receive about $1.45 million in prize money. >>> an outpouring of sadness for steve jobs. people in tokyo react to the death of apple's founder. and former ceo. steve jobs is being called many things tonight. visionary, a wizard, a genius. the man who gave the world the iphone, the ipad and a host of other inventions has died. he was 56. people around the world are remembering his legacy. >> translator: steve jobs was someone that lived by his own r
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Oct 27, 2011 6:00am PDT
more than 200 people from the rubble of collapsed buildings. crews work day and night using heavy machinery. rain and snow started falling in the area on wednesday making survivor's lives more difficult. government spokespeople estimate the quake affected up to 600,000 people in van province. relief supplies are reportedly not reaching everyone in need. the turkish government declined foreign aid immediately after the quake but has changed course and international aid workers, including a medical team from japan have started their work. >>> the mass exodus from bangkok has started. the thai capital is getting more deserted by the hour as floods spread throughout the city. nhk world's nathaka reports. >> reporter: i'm standing here as one of the biggest bus stations in bangkok, where people trying to escape from the floods in bangkok. people are rushing to leave the city. heading for rural areas. there's a long like at the terminal. >> translator: we wanted to evacuate quickly, buff we've been waiting for a bus since the morning. >> reporter: as the five-day emergency holiday start
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Oct 17, 2011 9:30am PDT
used to, before we were homeless. >> until then, he will have to collect quite a bit of newspapers. -- used papers. >> in the mid-1950s, the first wave of italian market workers came to germany. they were hired to do hard jobs for very little money. they all had a dream. one day their children would be better off than them. this sent back the cash to italy and that house is built there -- house is built there. not all dreams come true. >> when he moved from germany to his parents' home town in italy, it was like going into a ghost town. it is full of half finished homes. >> the germantown starts here. as you can see, everything is half finished, has built. >> the owners moved abroad in the 1950's and 1970's and send their money back home. today, the apartments they build are empty and falling into disrepair. >> the residents wanted to breathe new life into the town. they built houses suitable for large families in the modern part of the town. 4000 apartments are empty in a town that is 8000 inhabited. to bonnie is one of the handful of german-born descendants. >> i think that in my
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Oct 11, 2011 6:00am PDT
used to the elderly. >> reporter: today, michiko is determined to rebuild her life along with her husband. >> translator: i hope to find a job. and start working within two to three months. my dream is to work outside of this temporary housing. where we're stuck indoors all the time. >> reporter: armed with a certificate, she has finally received, michiko is doing her best to change careers. though she's blessing herself for the daunting job-hunting process, she has already taken her first steps towards a new way of working. hiroki yajima, nhk world. >>> politics is a tough business in japan. our latest nhk poll is proof of that. prime minister yoshihiko noda only took office a month ago. his approval rating is already slipping. nhk conducted a phone survey last weekend. the results suggest a little more than half of voters support noda's cabinet. 53% of respondents say they approve of noda's cabinet. that's a drop of seven percentage points from last month. the disapproval rating stands at 27%. an increase of nine percentage points. we also asked people about the government's pro
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Oct 17, 2011 6:00am PDT
village, despite a ban on rice cultivation. >> translator: rice paddies used to be everywhere and would you see the golden waves of the rice plants as far as the residence over there. but now the area is overrun with weeds. >> reporter: until the nuclear accident soon after the march 11th tsunami, more than half the households in kauchi village farmed rice. kauchi village had originally obey t government decision and told akimoto not to plant rice. but he insisted on planting it, anyway. >> translator: this is a brand of rice that i planted on may 15th. i thought it essential to make detailed data available, such as the exact amounts of radioactive cesium, so people could judge how the radioactivity affected rice farming. >> reporter: harvest day has arrived. >> translator: nothing makes me feel better than harvesting rice. >> reporter: akimoto harvested about one ton of rice this year. but he had to throw it all away, except for a small amount needed for radiation checks. rice in the zone where farming is banned, must be disposed of, even if it's free of radioactive marials. just
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Oct 16, 2011 5:30pm PDT
>>> glad to have you with us on this edition of "newsline." it is monday, october 17th, 8:00 a.m. in tokyo. i'm catherine kobayashi. >>> thailand's worst rainfall in 50 years caused flooding in northern and northeastern parts of the country. residents of bangkok are on maximum alert as high tides will continue several days. our reporter has more on that. >> reporter: northern and central parts of thailand were inundate with the flooding of the river that runs towards the thai capitol. it is in and around homes. they are bracing for possible flood damage and tides reached the highest levels since the heavy rainfall began. now the water level of the river is still rising. as you can see, water spread its banks into the shopping streets. bangkok residents are on high alert because of heavy rainfall and high tide. bangkok is located in a delta area. if the river overflows, it will cause widespread damage. >> the damage is getting worse day by day. we are losing business. >> all i can do is to wait for the rain season to end. workers are reinforcing barriers by piling sand bags at sub
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Oct 25, 2011 9:30am PDT
>> hello and welcome to "global 3000," your weekly roundup of the key issues that affect us all. here's what we have coming up for you today. off the street, how a natural i canian organization assists the jobless known as the men on the side of the road. the roof's one's own, we meet the social entrepreneur who helps mexicans get affordable housing. and life's a kindergarten and in mongolia, it's a nomadic one. >> crisis or not, china is growing, and it's growing fast. heavy industry and an increasing number of cars on the roads are two major factors that pushed china's co2 emissions past those of the united states only a few years ago. per capita, the chinese are still relatively modest co2 sinners, but beijing has recognized that it needs to make major investments in new, climate-friendly technologies. some 12 billion euros have been earmarked to develop electric mobility alone. as the next generation of e-cars are already waiting in the garage, china's main form of transport, the bike, is also seeing an electric overhaul. >> business is good at fu lei's shop in beijing. elec
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Oct 22, 2011 4:30am PDT
role model for other indebted countries to kind -- to to copy -- to copy. >> their milk is used in butter and business is booming. brian has a firm. it is family owned for nine generations. he has 150 cows and his herd is growing. >> milk prices are up. the weather is going extremely well. grass growth is extremely well. the cows are content. it is looking good for next year as well. >> the farm is a cooperative owned by the farmers themselves. that is good news for his business. the company's sales manager is paying a visit to introduce some of his latest products. the brand is a global success story. it is ireland's biggest food exporter. germany is one of its largest foreign markets. it is popular in countries like china and angola. >> i feel quite proud about it. getting my dairy products on markets around the globe gives a boost to ireland. >> the amount of food leaving dublin ports is growing all the time. that is helping the celtic tiger discovered its roar. at the same time, imports are dropping. purchasing power remains weak. the crisis is not over yet. this dublin family
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Oct 3, 2011 4:30pm PDT
of strasbourg. it gives us comfort for the work that we do back at home. >> of the medicine prize is traditionally the first of the five to be announced. the three are credited with revolutionizing our understanding of the human immune system. >> they have opened up new avenues for prevention and therapy related research within infectious disease, cancer, inflammation, auto immunity, and more. >> the research helped unlock secrets of the body because the immune system. all of the nobel prizes will be awarded on december 10 in stockholm. >> joining us for more on the nobel prize for medicine is our science correspondent. we know the nobel committee is standing by their decision to include ralphs in the award. tell us more about their work and what it was targeting. >> they were targeting the first line of defense, the eighth indian system. it is your skin, mucous membranes, systems within your body that are in place to keep organisms and pathogens out. what he had done is work to the adaptive immune system, the secondary immune system when the pathogen's get past the first line of def
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Oct 7, 2011 4:30pm PDT
chancellor agreed that money should be used to prop up shaky banks. some were against the idea. leaders boys concerns about the your rescue plan. -- voiced concerns about the rescue plan. >> we are showing solidarity on this issue because we have experience that we are so closely connected that the problems of one country can affect the whole of europe. we are asking every country to do its homework. we will insist on that. but the csu once overly indebted countries brought out of the euro zone. >> i am also wholeheartedly for the concerns of europe. i am also wholeheartedly for economic stability and solid fiscal policies. >> on the meursault's -- angela merkel's next appointment is with french president nicholas are causing -- nicolas sarkozy. >> ratings agencies have an agenda of their own. >> ratings agencies unleased a rash of downgrades across europe. it downgraded government debt in the spain, making it more expensive for them to borrow money on international markets. this is in's second downgrade in a few days. the prime -- this is italy's second downgrade in the eighth few days
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Oct 14, 2011 6:00am PDT
plan to reconsider recapitalization of banks in the region, including the use of public funds to insure their stability. japan is sending a finance minister, jun azumi and central bank governor, shirakawa. >> translator: japan also has a bitter experience of failing to dispose of nonperforming loans in time. i want to talk about the need for establishing a major framework to shore up financial institutions. that will include the european financial stabilization facility. >>> the meeting will last for two days. the outcome of the discussions will be announced in a communique'. >>> experts from the international atomic energy agency have advised the japanese government on how to effectively remove radioactive material created by the accident at the fukushima daiichi nuclear power plant. on friday, the team of radiation experts submitted a 12-point report to japan's environment minister, hoseno. the iaea teams recommends decontaminating areas where high levels of radiation have been detected. since their arrival a week ago, the 12 experts have inspected e decontamination efforts carried ou
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Oct 24, 2011 6:00am PDT
drives are essential parts for computers and are used as external storage devices. >> translator: since supplies are running out, a lot of companies are eager to secure their stock. i'm concerned supply may fall short of demand ahead of the year-end sales season. >>> a full day has passed since a powerful earthquake shook turkey. hundreds of emergency workers are searching for signs of life in the rubble. they fear many people could be trapped in broken-down buildings. so far, this quake has killed more than 230 people. >> the tremor measures 7.2 in magnitude. it hit eastern turkey close to the border with iran. interior minister idris naim sahin says along with the dead, more than 1,000 people are hurt. prime minister recep tayyip erdogan visited the disaster area soon after the quake. he said countless people could be trapped in collapsed buildings. he promised swift rescue efforts. >> translator: we want to get people out alive. rescue efforts are going on throughout the night. >> soldiers and more than 1,200 emergency personnel are working together. they're dealing with constant aft
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Oct 12, 2011 6:00am PDT
6,300 prisoners. patchari raksawong joins us from our bureau in bangkok. >> myanmar's government began freeing prisoners on wednesday, one day after it announced an amnesty. the government has extended the amnesty to both political and other prisoners. the president released a statement on tuesday saying his government would free exactly 6,350 detainees and nhk filmed several prisoners leaving a prison in yangon on wednesday. the national league for democracy, or nld, says it has confirmed at least 100 political prisoners have been released so far. >> the move is seen as the government's attempt to appease pro-democracy groups. western nations imposed economic sanctions on myanmar and have said the release of political prisoners is a condition for lifting the restrictions. u.s. secretary of state hillary clinton speaking to reuters after myanmar announced the amnesty said she was encouraged by the promising signals, but that it was too early to announce any steps washington might take in response. >>> next, to thailand, floods are plaguing much of the country, and bangkok is on high al
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Oct 21, 2011 5:30pm PDT
agriculture. they hope they will use what they learn to help afghanistan develop and that they'll encourage friendship between afghanistan and japan. >>> the japanese government has decided to give out free round trip air tickets to 10,000 people living abroad during the next fiscal year. this is aimed at promoting the country's tourism that's being seriously hurt by the march disaster. the government's tourism agency will launch the program next april. the agency made the announcement friday. he says this will mark the start of a major campaign to lure foreign visitors. he expressed hope to get a budget of $14 million for the program. the agency estimates a total of 540,000 foreigners visited japan last month. that's down almost 25% from a year earlier. decline has been continuing for seven straight months. attributed to radiation scare following the fukushima nuclear power plant accident as well as the yen strength. the agency plans to invite applications online to receive free tickets, travelers are requested to present travel plans to the agency. the government is hoping they
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Oct 3, 2011 6:00am PDT
local gangsters use a parking space for free. then, there's the case of the cemetery operator. authorities zeroed in on him for entrusting the management of his business to a company run by the head of a crime organization. finding links between businesses and yakuza might be the easy part. severing the ties will be much more difficult. this tokyo bar manager says he pays gangsters to act as bouncers. >> translator: i won't disclose the amount, but i'm paying them every month. i have a lot of trouble at my place. for example, fights or quarrels between customers. and that can hurt my business. i need their help to keep my bar running. >> translator: will you stop paying them immediately? >> translator: it will be rather difficult. >> nhk world's senior commentator, reporter koji nish charact gaggi is covering the story for us. >> police believe now is the best time to tackle gangsters. the large crime syndicate in the country is the yakuza clan based in western japan. this is the emblem of the clan. the clan controls 44% of all gangsters in the country. it has 34,900 members a
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